The case touches on a pillar of parenting: how to get infants to sleep, especially for newborns who may require late-night feedings, reports The New York Times.
The Piche-Pitts case presents prosecutors with the challenge of showing that co-sleeping was a form of neglect because the mother had been informed of the risks during both of her pregnancies.
“These are very, very difficult cases,” Mr. Haas said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “We are not charging parents with crimes because accidents happen. There has got to be something more to it.”